I recently reviewed the Sphere Ball. Refer to index in review tab above for details. Sphero 2 is currently the latest incarnation but at CES 2014, Sphero 2B is the new robot toy from Orbotix that can move as fast as 14 feet a second. That’s supposedly the equivalent of a 6 minute mile and twice as fast as the Sphero 2.0. The spinning tube has comically rugged tires that allows it to adorably jolt out at breakneck speeds and tackle any surface.
The Sphero 2B is controlled by your iOS or Android device, has a few accessories (like new wheels) and can be programmed so you can create your own robot army. It due on in September 2014.
I will be honest after a few weeks I lost interest in my Sphero Ball and so did my 3 dogs.
LAS VEGAS Jan 6, 2014 – At CES 2014, ZTE, the fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in the U.S., today introduced the “Projector Hotspot,” the world’s first all-in-one Wi-Fi hotspot and portable projector. Ideal for a variety of applications – from the boardroom to the classroom, or for at-home or outdoor entertainment, ZTE’s Projector Hotspot provides up to eight users with anytime, anywhere Wi-Fi access at 4G LTE speeds, and projects up to 120-inch images and video from a variety of convenient inputs. ZTE’s latest breakthrough is coming to the U.S. in 2014.
ZTE’s Projector Hotspot packs a ton of content sharing options into a compact 4.7 x 4.7 x 1.1-inch frame. It features an on-board 4-inch capacitive touchscreen through which users can access its Android operating system, making it easy to share content stored on the device, from the Internet, or through third-party applications. Users can also share content from their laptop through HDMI, or wirelessly mirror the screen of a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi Display. ZTE Projector Hotspot is small and light enough to take anywhere, it easily fits in a briefcase for the next big presentation or a backpack for the family camping trip.
Beyond sharing content, the Hotspot Projector also connects up to eight clients to a blazing 802.11 b/g/n network running at 4G LTE speeds. It features a 5000mAh battery and can also be used as portable charger for your smartphones.
ZTE Hotspot Projector specifications include:
Wi-Fi network management
Up to 8 clients
4.0” Capacitive touch
Bands LTE Supported
Size & Weight 120mm X 120mm X 28.5mm ,400g
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Battery 5000mAh internal
OS Android 4.2
Projector Type: DLP
Image Size: up to 120’’
Resolution: 1080P input supported
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
As good as this projector might seem, it really will need a darkish room to display the contents on the wall/screen properly as it’s not that bright.
At CES 2013, Belkin introduced its WeMo Light Switch, and this year it announced its new LED Lighting Starter Set. At $129, the set comes with two LED Smart Bulbs and the WeMo Link. The package lets you schedule and dim the lights from anywhere using the WeMo app, which uses a Wi-Fi signal to control appliances with your smartphone. The light bulbs are 60-watt equivalent with 800 Lumens and 3000 Kelvin, are fully dimmable, and can be set with a number of features like vacation mode, the latter of which automatically turns lights on and off when people are in the house. The WeMo also includes a “dim to sleep” function that gradually dims lights over time as you head to bed.
Looks very cool but sure is an expensive way to light your room.
Archos is planning to launch a basic smartwatch in the summer for just $50.
It is going to look plastic and probably simple. Archos expect it to relay notifications from your phone and allow you to control music playback. The display will be a 1.55-inch non-capacitive e-ink screen.
But maybe this low price will help create a bigger market for such devices. I am still to be convinced by any watch as people just don’t wear one.
Intel took the wraps off an always-on smart headset, Jarvis, which integrates with existing personal assistant technologies. It works like Apple’s Siri — but you simply plug in the headset and speak to it, without having to pick up or even touch your phone. it is a “seamless, no buttons, always listening.”
Intel also announced smart earbuds — which has biometric and fitness capabilities. Sensors that measure your heartrate are built into the earbuds, which get their power from the microphone jack in your smartphone, so all you need on your run is your mobile device with the app loaded onto it, and a pair of smart earbuds.
CES 2014 news – NVIDIA Unveils Tegra K1, a 192-Core Super Chip That Brings DNA of World’s Fastest GPU to Mobile. The Tegra® K1 mobile processor, a 192-core super chip featuring the same NVIDIA® Kepler™ architecture that powers the fastest GPU on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce® GTX™ 780 Ti. For the first time, next-generation PC gaming will now be available on mobile platforms.
The Tegra K1 processor sets new mobile standards by supporting the latest PC-class gaming technologies, enabling it to run sophisticated gaming engines like Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. It delivers advanced computation capabilities to speed the development of applications for computer vision and speech recognition. And its extraordinary efficiency delivers higher performance than any other mobile GPU at the same power level.
Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions. The first version uses a 32-bit quad-core, 4-Plus-1™ ARM Cortex A15 CPU. The second version uses a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. This CPU (codenamed “Denver”) delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. It is based on the ARMv8 architecture, which brings the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing.
It will be interesting to see how all these new chips compare to Apple’s 64bit A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S and iPads.
LG has announced two new wearable devices. The first is the Lifeband Touch, a fitness-focused device that connects to your phone over Bluetooth. The Lifeband Touch provides health and fitness data tracking, feeding it back to your phone via a connected app. The device has a touchscreen OLED display.
For the fitness wearable category, LG has announced Heart Rate Earphones, a wired headset that connects to both the Lifeband Touch and your phone over Bluetooth. It also provides media playback and regular fitness updates during your workout, whilst measuring your heart rate and feeding that data back to your Lifeband Touch for better fitness tracking.
Not sure what to make of this. What do you think ?
Pebble Steel: our new, premium smartwatch. With Pebble, we created an iconic, colorful, and sporty smartwatch, but we wanted to build something even more refined—cranking the style dial to 11.
Pebble Steel takes everything you know and love about Pebble—the crystal clear ePaper display, weeklong battery life, and waterproof design—and wraps it a smaller, thinner package. It’s made of forged and CNC-machined stainless steel.
Pebble welcomes Steel to the family.
The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass lens with an oleophobic, anti-fingerprint coating. The housing also subtly incorporates a RGB LED light to indicate charge status. Like the original Pebble, Pebble Steel is waterproof up to 5 ATM.
Pebble Steel comes in two finishes: Brushed Stainless and Black Matte. All models are bundled with both a matching metal band and a black leather strap. The Black Matte Pebble Steel is crafted using a process called Physical Vapor Deposition to provide a tactile, deep black finish that’s also ultra-durable.
Pebble Steel Launch Pricing
Starting today, you’ll be able to order Pebble Steel exclusively from getpebble.com for $249 US
Only one concern. Look at your wrist. Look at other people’s wrists. How many people actually wear a watch nowadays.
With CES 2014 just about to start the amount of new gadgets and phones will be in overload mode. I will try to create a daily consolidated post providing very brief summaries of the days highlights.
So are you looking forward to anything in particular at this years CES?
The Pebble Smartwatch has been around for around a year, so it should come as no surprise that version 2 is likely to be appearing soon, and whilst no details were revealed by Pebble, they did announce they would be making a big splash at CES.
This could also include more details of the Pebble App Store as well.